The Gulf Coast Winegrowers Association (GCWA) 29th Annual Field Day, postponed in February due to COVID-19 has been rescheduled for May 7th from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Cat Spring Agricultural Society Hall, 13035 Hall Rd, Cat Spring, Texas. It features educational sessions presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. There will be sessions of benefit to both novice and commercial wine grape growers as well as exhibitors displaying and talking about many of the primary components and tools needed for successful grape growing.
Attending the 29th Annual Gulf Coast Winegrowers Association Field Day just got easier. You can now register and pay online for both in-person or virtual attendance. Discounts to attend the Field Day (virtually or in-person) are also available for GCWA members and membership dues (new and renewal) can also be paid online.
The recent arctic freeze that blanketed the state of Texas crossed into uncharted territory for grapes grown along the Gulf Coast and the damage, both actual and potential (still to be determined), will be directly addressed and touched upon by many of the presenters from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services.
Those interested in planting a new commercial vineyard or just some vines for their own personal winemaking will not want to miss the New & Prospective Winegrower Session to start the day and presented by Fran Pontasch. Other sessions include:
- What Happens to a Pruning Wound (Dr. David Appel)
- Optimizing Wine Quality in the Vineyard (Dr. Andrea Botezatu)
- Fertilizing Damaged Vines (Dr. Justin Scheiner)
- Potential Impact from Viruses (Dr. Femi Alabi and Sheila McBride)
- IPM – Traditional & Biological Pesticides (Jim Kamas)
- Gulf Coast Status & Predictions (Panel Discussion)
Registration fee for Online (virtual) attendance is $25 for GCWA members and $35 for non-members. Registration for In Person attendance is $35 for GCWA members and $40 for non-members. Lunch is included for In Person attendees.
Pre-registration is not required but HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as follows:
Registration is also available at the door.